Rabbitohs v Bears Round 8 1989

By Steve Mavin

When the Rabbitohs took on the Bears at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday the 7th of May 1989 the game wasn’t televised.

This footage was the standard film for the day shot from one camera in the grandstand & a VHS tape was given to each coach after the game so they could analyse their teams performance.

Watch the game highlight here 👆🏻

When coach George Piggins was finished with these tapes he would give them to me if I requested them, which I usually did if I scored a try like I did in this one.

The first time I was given a game tape by George was in round 4, 1987 when I scored my first & second try against the Panthers at Redfern. That day I was given the game ball as man of the match so that tape was a precious piece of memorabilia for me & my family.

Sadly that recording was accidentally erased when I leant the tape to my cousin to watch & her husband taped over it not realising what was in the VHS machine.

A few other tapes did survive & all of them have been shared on our Rabbitohs TV YouTube channel. All these file tapes have no sound so I have called some of the action over the top to add some interest to footage that might otherwise have seemed a bit lifeless.

This Norths game has some great action but in another unfortunate twist the tries scored by Graham Lyons & myself have been lost. There is however 4 pointers scored by Mario Fenech, Phil Blake & Greg Florimo with a little punch up too.